Musings of a Museum Fanatic: 10 Things That Happened Lately

11.02.2016

10 Things That Happened Lately

Just when you think that life is going to slow down it totally speeds up. This fall went by in lightening speed for me. It's just been one thing after another! So much has been happening that I've been slightly too busy to post and have had way too much happening to share it all. So I thought I'd play a little catch up and share 10 awesome things that have happened this fall. 

1. Ladies and Lane Weekend
We started off September with a Ladies and Lane weekend, Becky and I stayed with my Mom over Labor Day weekend while Lou & Bethany took a quick weekend to D.C. It was a fun and exhausting weekend! There were multiple visits to parks, the Morton Arboretum, a night out with 'Stache, birthday celebrations and ending with the annual watching of the library ladies in the Naperville Labor Day parade. 









2. Formal Work Portrait
The Visual Communications department at work hooked me up and took some awesome professional photos of me for professional museum things. They turned out lovely!



I was the sponsor/Big Sis for our alumnae initiate Rena, so this summer I walked her through learning all about Gamma Phi Beta. Which ended in September with her being initiated. 


4. Wisconsin Weekend
I finally got back up to the cottage in Wisconsin for a relaxing weekend of fishing. It was not a good fishing weekend for anyone but I at least caught a little guy. 



5. IAM Conference & Board of Directors
So I was keeping this news a secret, I probably didn't need to but oh well ha. At the end of this summer I was notified that I was nominated by peers in the museum field to be on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association of Museums. Needless to say I was floored and honored that several people would think I'm someone who should do something like that. 

The official voting in (which really seemed like a formality) by the membership was done the end of September at the annual IAM conference. I was really excited to attend the conference, it was held in Oak Park, IL and I got the opportunity to visit a number of cultural institutions that I haven't been to before. My favorite was getting a tour of the Garfield Park Conservatory with the Chicago Park District historian, she was awesome and had some great stories. 









6.  Chicago Open Archives Chicago Open House 
I know I already posted about Chicago Open Archives 2016 so I'll let you head over to that post and take a look at that. Chicago Open House is the same concept but getting to take a behind the scenes look at some amazing architecture. There will be more posts showing those to come soon!

7. Murder Mystery Dinner
I finally got to cross that one off my 101 list! We were both really excited for this event. Thanks to a Groupon we were able to have a fun night on a budget. The whole evening was lots of fun with our whole table working together to figure out whodunnit. In the end it was the person at our table!!



8. I Love the 90's Concert
The tickets for this concert were purchased waaaaay back in April so Becky, Kevin and I had six months to think about how much we were going to enjoy this show. There was a bit of a disappointment when the sound turned out to be pretty terrible for most of the show but the three of us made sure we enjoyed the evening anyway. Coolio came down and ran around the audience, women were grinding up on an older Tone Loc, Salt N' Pepa rocked it and Vanilla Ice had the oddest stage decorations I've seen. It was a great night!








9. 1893 World's Fair tour with Chicago Detours
It was awesome. Read about it here!

10. Halloween Party
Kevin and I got to help Stephanie check something of her 101 list, she hosted a Legends of the Hidden Temple Halloween party this year. Kevin survived Hawkeye (her dog) for about three hours, which I was quite impressed and happy about. While Kevin and John stayed upstairs to talk and watch baseball (Go Cubs!!) the rest of us were downstairs in the basement playing drinking games. I only got a couple of photo from the evening, which I know as a blogger is terrible!! We were just having too much fun haha.



 WHEW! I'm tired just thinking about everything we've done the past two months. So that's just some of what's been going on by me lately! The rest of the season is going to be just as busy too : ) What's been some of your favorite happenings this fall?

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